OzBargain 2019 Christmas Donations - $32,670 to Charities of Your Choice

Update 18 Dec 2019

Poll has finished and we have 767 unique commenters in the comment section of this post. That means an extra $7,670 going to the donation — making the total $32,670. I will be distributing this to the top 6 charities voted by the community ($5,445 each), which would be

  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • beyondblue
  • Cancer Council
  • RSPCA Australia
  • Salvation Army
  • Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia

2019 Xmas Charities

I'll try to all that organised before Christmas. Thanks to all who have voted and commented!

Hi everyone! It's something that we have been doing for almost 8 years. Every June and December OzBargain will donate to charities that our community members suggested and voted for. We've donated more than $260,000 to charities around Australia over the years, and for this Christmas I have set aside $25,000 to the top 5 charities. Moreover, for every unique commenter in this thread, we will be donating an extra $10!

Update: We have reached 50 suggestions so we won't take any more. However you can still vote and comment.

The workflow will be similar to last year's:

  1. Check whether your favourite charity has already been suggested (they should be alphabetically sorted under Poll Options). If it has, vote it up! Otherwise you can suggest it by posting a top-level comment (i.e. not replying existing comments)

    Suggest a poll option

    If you are suggesting a charity, please provide a link & 1 or 2 sentence telling us what the charity does. It would greatly help other OzBargainers making decisions.

  2. Even if your preferred charity has been suggested, leave a comment and let us know! Remember every unique commenter on this thread will add an extra $10 to the donation.

  3. The poll will run for 7 days. After the poll expires, votes will be revealed and the top 5 charities will be sharing the pool of donation of AUD $25,000 + $10 x number of unique commenters. For example if 500 OzBargainers commented in this thread, we will evenly distribute $30,000 to the chosen charities.

    I am also putting a cap of maximum 1,000 commenters, making the cap of the donation at $35,000. If we can reach that level the donation will be shared with top 7 charities from the poll (still at $5,000 each).

Which charity should I suggest?

  • It must be a registered charity eligible for DGR (deductible gift recipient). That would unfortunately make NPOs like Wikipedia & Sea Shepherd ineligible.

  • As we are OzBargain, it would be great if the charity is Australia based or benefits Australians.

  • There are many worthy charities. However as it's for Christmas this year, let's prioritise on charities working on social welfare.

  • I will also close the suggestion feature after we have reached 50 charities.

To get started, I have included top 10 most voted charities from last year's poll. Suggestion & commenting starts today (11 Dec) and will close at 12PM on Tuesday 18 Dec. I will then work out the total amount of donation we will send to the charities, and hopefully get all the donations made by Christmas 2019.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions seem to get asked every year…

Q: Can we get a detailed information about each charity, i.e. the percentage of the donation that actually gets to the cause?

A: See this comment by toniyellow, ChangePath lists out charities with how they score in Transparency, Financial Sustainability and Privacy. Thanks also to psyren89. You can search on ACNC on how charities distribute their funding.

Q: I made a suggestion in my comment but it did not show up in the poll?!

A: All new suggestions have to be manually approved by the moderators, and depending on the time of the day there might be some delay.

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  • +10 Great initiative

  • +1
    Suggested CareNet Centre


    CareNet Centre provides holistic care to Australians (focusing on those of Chinese ethnicity) suffering from chronic illness or terminal illness.

  • ❤️

  • Rural fire services (all states)

  • Good job Ozbargain!

  • Suggested Leukemia Foundation Australia


    Have provided a lot of support for myself over the past 3 years, have no doubt they are also assisting much more people who are going through blood cancer.

  • Awesome initiative! Voted

  • Good stuff!

  • Great initiative, well done scotty and team!

  • Great job Ozbargin!!!

  • ($10 comment) ACF really needs the love right now, thanks for your generosity as usual!

  • Great job Scotty and OzBargainers, Amazed by your generosity!

  • This has probably been already said - what about the People affected by the Drought or Bushfires? Apologies if this has been recorded but there too many posts to go through!

  • Sorry but it’s the RFS right now, it’s the most urgent need.

  • +10 Thanks Scotty!

  • +1
    Suggested The Lost Dog's Home


    Because I love dogs

  • Thanks

  • My baloney has a first name..


  • +10

  • 👏👍

  • :)

  • Track 10. We Are The Champions, my friends

    edit: Can only vote one right? tossing up between a few different ones.
    Makes it weirdly harder when there a multiple charities for same/similar causes
    RFS looks to be a sure winner, so Imma vote something else
    Would be good if able to choice 2-3 votes

  • Yep, also voted for fire service. Seems like it’s constant now

  • Thanks!

  • Great work Scotty!

  • +10$ from me please, such a great tradition!!

  • $10 thanks

  • Unique, you say?

  • $10

  • Merry Christmas!

  • Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Suggested Durong Dingo Sanctuary


    Started and managed by one very passionate, committed man.

    These beautiful Australian animals are misunderstood and overlooked.

    The Durong Dingo Sanctuary, owned and run by Simon Stretton since 2008, seeks to provide a small area of peace where pure dingoes are kept safe from the perils of 1080 baiting, trapping, and shooting.

    Simon aims to establish future breeding programmes to ensure pure genetics live on, in addition to education, awareness, and experience for the local and wider community.

  • Merry Christmas everyone!

  • Suggested Safe Pets Safe Families


  • +$10

  • Great work Thanks!

  • Salvos :)

  • Save the Children

  • +10

  • Great work!

  • +$10

  • Excellent!

  • +$10

  • +1
    Suggested SANE Australia

    SANE Australia

    SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support four million Australians affected by complex mental illness. SANE’s work includes mental health awareness, online peer support and information, stigma reduction, specialist helpline support, research and advocacy.

  • Great work!

  • Fantastic great work.

  • unique comment. great work scotty :)

  • Nice!

  • +3
    Suggested Effective Altruism

    Let’s do it. Give it to the charity that wants to make the most effective donation to maximise the most number of people assisted.

    Let’s vote with our heads!

  • Thanks Scotty

  • Great initiative!

  • Great idea

  • Blackdog

  • :}

  • I'm a unique.

  • +10

  • Having just moved to Newcastle, NSW right in the middle of the fires, NSW Rural Fire Service deserve everything you can throw at them. To see the fires first hand, it's mind boggling and those men and women completely burn themselves out to allow families to sleep at night, at home.

  • Suggested FareShare

    They cook nutritious and enjoyable food to provide to charity organisations, ultimately helping the homeless and those in crisis accommodation or otherwise doing things tough.


  • Heres my two cents worth $10

  • +1

    We are getting 50 charities under the suggestion list so I am turning off the suggestions now. Please vote & comment for that extra $10.

    • Not one charity for the biggest single problem we have in Australia, Climate change. Sad.

      • I am astonished as well. Wish I could add The Lock the Gate Alliance to the list, but hey, there are limits. Unfortunately there are no limits on disposable items and flights.

      • +1

        We are doing the charity donation every 6 months and I'll include one next time (EoFY 2020).

  • Always amazed by the generosity of Ozbargain, especially in these tough times.

  • Just Missed the cut off —

    Buy Water/and hay for farmers in need.

    +$10 instead, still a great cause.

  • +4

    Greening Australia

    Why? Because without a bio diverse nature humans won't exist and every single other charity on this list will be gone.

    • These guys look to be doing great work!

  • Great initiative. +10

  • Love to see this every year

  • RFS all the way!

  • +4

    Suggestion - The Lock the Gate Alliance

    The Lock the Gate Alliance is a national grassroots organisation made up of over 120,000 supporters and more than 450 local groups who are concerned about risky coal mining, coal seam gas and fracking.

    These groups are located in all parts of Australia and include farmers, traditional custodians, conservationists and urban residents.

    Our vision is of healthy, empowered communities which have fair, democratic processes available to them to protect their land and water and deliver sustainable solutions to food and energy needs.

    +$10 to Port Macquarie Koala Hospital if above could not be added.

    Thank you Scotty and all ozbargainers who make this possible!

  • Really good doing this Scotty.

  • +1

    My vote goes to nsw rural service
    It'll be a long summer

  • Good job guys!

  • great job scotty

  • Compassion do excellent work looking after kids. I'd vote them next to save the children.


  • Royal Guide Dogs Australia if not already done

  • Love your work Scotty, keep it up

  • Price jack

  • :)

  • Wow nice work

  • Rural Fire Service

  • Fantastic work here

  • Great job everyone!

  • Nice

  • Great

  • Great initiative, love it Ozb!

  • how can i not comment if it goes to charity!

  • Thank you for doing this. Very kind of you.

  • Ladybugs get my vote

  • Great work everyone!

  • Fantastic holiday spirit as always Scotty!

  • +5

    Ronald mcdonald house.

    Over the last 18 months my daughter has been undergoing cancer treatment at Westmead children's hospital.

    As we're from out of town, we had no accommodation in Parramatta or Sydney.

    If not for Ronnie House, we would have not been able to support my daughter anywhere near how we have.

    Please consider RMHC Westmead.

  • +1

    Always great work Scotty

  • Great work Ozbargain!!

  • +1 to infinity for this. My vote went for the Salvos, but all are great causes.

  • Nice work!

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